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Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

Hello,
I just got my birthday gift and it is a Valentine1. Eductae me on everything I need to know about it.
SHE IS SO AWESOME...
cheers :D,
 

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Re: Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

Well, you have the owners manual and that will give you all you need to know about basic operations.

What you really need to know is radar detector basics and thats a big subject.

First, you should know that radar bounces off of objects and scatters. That is your friend. In most cases that is what gives you your earliest alerts. Imagine driving in the mountains with a lot of curves. The beam from an oncoming cruiser will bounce off the canyon walls, so even if there are curves you get an alert in plenty of time, even before the cruiser is visual. No problem there.

Now imagine driving in open country with hills. Not a lot of trees or other obstructions for radar to bounce off of. This is dangerous territory. Your going up a hill, the cop is coming at you also going up the hill on the other side, his radar is pointing up and shooting into the ionisphere. When you do get an alert in this situation you have got to react INSTANTLY. He may be just a fraction of a second from cresting the hill and nailing you. Thats a worst case scenario, but it is a good illustration of a detectors limits.

Those are the two extremes. Do not be surprised if in city driving you get an intermittent alert for some distance before the signal firms up and remains constant. It's also quite common to get a faint intermittent alert and all of a sudden a full on alert, that usually indicates the cruiser was driving at 90 degrees to you, and then turned in your direction.

NEVER doubt that a Ka band alert is the real thing. Only police use that band and it very very seldom falses. K band is used in some malls as door openers, X band is used by most remote door openers in malls. For the most part, you can expect to see a cop on a K or Ka band alert, X band is a crap shoot. K and Ka band are all you will usually see on highways, X, K and Ka band are all common in the city.

Traffic is your friend as radar bounces off of trucks and cars also. Be more alert when you are alone on the road. Reaction must be quicker then.

Escort and Valentine now have POP alerts. They both suffer from a degradation in sensitivity when that alert is active. Probably not a big deal but be aware of it. False alerts in POP mode come up with regularity. It may be due to active cruise control in nearby vehicles.

As far as the Laser feature goes, well, thats a sure indicator you just got a ticket. Laser does not have the advantage of scatter, so if your Valentine goes off on Laser, it's because you are in their sights. I have yet, after 11 months, to see the laser detector go off before the Lidatec Le-30. It has always lagged the jammer but 1/2 to 1 second. Also interestingly, the detector will false alert laser , but the Le-30 has never even once falsed a laser alert. I have deactivated the laser feature on my detector and rely solely on the LE30 for laser protection.

A radar detector should be mounted as high as possible to get the earliest signal, unfortunetly, thats opposite to how you should mount for best laser detection. That's just another reason to have both units in your car. Those that say if the detector is mounted high you get a better chance of seeing through a car in front of you for laser are not exactly correct. With police becoming more familiar with aiming the gun they will be less likely to raise the gun up that high as prime targeting area for a laser is your license plate, or your head light. Its als a very narrow beam to begin with. Laser is like a rifle bullet, radar like a shotgun blast. Big difference.

Most people that have used the Valentine say once you have used the arrows you wont want anything else, I hope thats the case for you. I did not find that to be true for me. I'm just so used to the regular alerts from 26 years of experience that hey dont seem to offer me much more information. I have no doubt that a newer user of detectors would find them to be quite helpful.

About multiple threats, they are very rare in my experience. The arrows may help if you get to the point that you can make an analysis in a brief second, and you will get to that point in about 6 months of use.

Depending on where you mount the unit it may be easily visible or you may have to look over to the passenger seat to ee the unit. It always pays to make your first priority learning and memorizing the distinct tones for each radar band. For instance, if you know its a Ka band tone, dont bother to look at the unit first, star to slow down first , then look at it. That takes a bit of risk out of the equasion. X band is more often than not a false from a mall or store, K you should treat like a Ka.

To be honest, you wont be speeding much over 10 around mall areas anyway so theres plenty of time to react if you have a doubt. Experience will come quickly on your regular routes.

Install the thing, then drive and always have it on. Pay attention to your surroundings and the alerts, and in no time at all you will be quite comfortable with the whole business. Just remember, laser is gaining popularity fast and your not protected against that. YOu wil need that to be completely comfortable. I know I did.

Have a kill switch so that of you do get stopped the darn thing doesnt go beep while your talkin' your way out of the ticket, that's real embarassing. :confused3

Hope this helps a bit.
 

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Re: Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

Great post! The V1 laser detection can be faked out by the neon 3rd brake lights some SUVs use. The neon lights of the Z8 fake it out- but the software update to the V1 has significantly reduced that. I like the arrows- but honestly, when I drive by one of those police radar stations that tells you your speed, as I am passing it the V1 will still say front for several seconds then go to sides then to rear- thats maybe after Ive passed the radar by about 8 seconds. IMHO therefore the performance could be better. The real benefit of the arrows is on the highway if there is someone behind you.
 

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Re: Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

Just be careful. Hopefully, the net effect of your new V-1 will be to slow you down and cause you to be more alert.

Now, all you need is a Lidatek and StealthOne ;)

I can't believe how many times the Lidatek has come through. On Saturday, my wife reported being nailed TWICE by Laser, once from a cop standing by the road, and another time shooting it out his car window. She said she laughed out loud at the cop's expression on his face when he obviously couldn't get a reading. The V-1 did not alret on either event, indicating Mr. Revenue Generator was a very good "aim".

BTW, I have V-1 and Lidatek in all three of my family vehicles, and StealthOne in the M5. I haven't had a ticket in 23 years, and have owned radar detectors well beyond those 23 years. It's made me VERY cognizant and alert to police "threats".

Be care out there.
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Re: Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

Diplomat,
Pete from Colorado did a real good job in giving you some good info on the V1 (or any good detector). Also search in the V1 website as there is good info there as well. And do not forget to search this board for threads on V1, radar, excort x50, etc. Believe you will find some interesting observations.

Concerning X Band, be aware that it is still in some states by the police. In NJ the state police and local cops still use X band. On I-95 in NC the county sheriffs still use X band. I am sure there are others so when driving in a different state or county just make a mental note if you encounter a cop using X band. Yes there are fewer using it now than in the past, but some are still using those units as they are paid for.

Concerning the arrows I have to disagree with Pete. They are a very valuable feature, IMO. I have run a user comparison on the road ( trips from NJ to FL) of the Escort X50 (which I own) to the V1 (which I also own). You will find a thread somewhere here where a member has stated that he can tell where the radar is without the arrows (he uses an escort x50). Not possible IMO. When the X50 alerts and the radar is hidden, without the arrows you have no idea where it is located. The sound of either detector does not give away the cops location. I believe that you will find the arrows to be a lifesaver. Sorry Pete and the other guy, but I do not belive you can identify location by the sound of the detector.

Good luck with your V1.
 

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Re: Girlfriend got me a Valentine1 for my bday for the BEAST..Educate me on it

I'll add a few comments- I think the arrows become more 'accurate' the further the emitter is from the roadway- a "you are going this fast" trailer or a parked cop is not going to need arrors to ID- but automatic door opener well off the roadway is easily distinguished from a real threat with the arrows.

I highly recommend a stealth one- it gets rid of the 'idiot layer accept screen' every time you start the car. It also keeps the V1 dark so nobody can see you have a radar detector unless they look REAL hard.

Now when I am driving with my son and a Ka alert goes off, we try to see who can ID the CHP first....

A

PS Interesting posts a few weeks ago on radar drones and remote radar units... do a search
 
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